Leonids Meteor Shower 2022
Date: 18 November 2022 (Friday night)
Time: 10:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Location: Al Qudra Desert - Dubai
Fee: AED 70 - AED 120
Join us at Al Qudra Desert on the evening of the 18th of Nov 2022 to learn more about our night sky and observe different planets and objects through our telescopes with a chance of observing a meteor shower.
The Leonid meteor shower is annually active in the month of November and it usually peaks around November 17 or 18. We’re hosting our evening on the night of the 18th and the morning of the 19th (on a weekend). The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.
This year, due to the moon, the meteors are not expected to be as clear as on a moonless night which is why we’re calling it a stargazing event with the potential of seeing meteors. This is the part where we are trying to manage your expectations.
The Leonids occur when the Earth passes through the debris left by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The comet takes around 33 years to make one orbit around the Sun. The rate of meteors per hour for the Leonids is 10 meteors per hour.
Event Ticket Fee:
- General Tickets: AED 120
- Kids (Under 13): AED 100
- DAG Members: AED 70
– We can provide financial aid for DAG Members’ family members. Call or WhatsApp +971 4 221 6603 for support.
- 10:10 PM – Event Introduction
- 10:20 PM – Talk: Leonids Meteor Shower
- 12:00 PM – Arabian Astronomy
- 12:15 AM – Sky Mapping Session (Stories about the Constellations)
- 12:30 AM – Q & A Session
- 02:00 AM – Moon Rise/Observation
- Telescope Observation all throughout the evening (Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and some deep sky objects)
- Phone photography of celestial objects through the telescopes
Social Distancing Must be practiced at all times
Be sure that you’re sitting or laying at least 2 meters away from others.
The venue for the event is Al Qudra Desert - Dubai
A precise location pin will be sent by email after you register for the program.
Restrooms/bathrooms are a 10-min drive away
Public bathrooms are at Al Qudra Last Exit, a 10-mins drive away from the event location.
Water and Mats will be provided
We will be providing water and mats but you’re free to bring your own.
bring along food and snacks
You are requested to carry any necessities you might deem necessary (water, food, seats, etc.) for your hygiene and safety.
A 4x4 car is not required to reach the event location
Although recommended, a 4×4 car is not required to reach the event location.
Please bring a soft copy of the event ticket Email
Please bring a soft copy (on your phone) of the event ticket that contains a QR code to ensure a smooth check-in process.
You're requested to bring along your Emirates ID
You are requested to bring any form of identification with you to be presented at the venue upon request.
DAG Members are requested to bring ID
DAG paid members are requested to bring their digital membership card to be presented upon request.
Kids under the age of 5 don't require a ticket
We don’t recommend bringing kids under the age of 5 to our events.
Kids under 13 need to be accompanied by a parent
Kids under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent. Parents are required to purchase a ticket.
No pets are allowed
Pets are not allowed at our events and activities.
No alcohol is Allowed! this is a family-friendly event
Please be respectful of others and mindful of the environment.
The meteors will not be visible through the telescope
Only celestial observations (planets, stars, etc.) will be done through the telescopes.